Motel One, Edinburgh-Royal

Brand new to the UK is the launch of the Motel One collection of Budget Designer hotels.

This German hospitality brand (with 42 hotels in Germany and Austria) has opened in Edinburgh, right in the city centre just a two minute walk from Waverley Train Station, and the Airport bus terminus on Waverley Bridge.

The tag line for Motel One hotels, is “great design for little money”.  As I come through the door  into the Lounge – Lobby area, the first impression is Wow!.  Furnished with bucket chairs and window seats with soft fabrics in tweed, leather and sheepskin, this is a place to relax day and night.  A recurring colour scheme throughout the hotel is the signature Turquoise-blue and Mushroom-taupe – cool and contemporary.  Johnstone’s Cashmere were commissioned to create the Motel One tartan for the Edinburgh hotel.   The colour links through to the  fashionable staff uniform too. A neat touch.

The Lobby – with two gorgeous Jacobsen Egg chairs – for a welcoming check-in, and up to my minimalist but freshly decorated, white, blue and taupe bedroom on the 7th floor, overlooking Princes Street Gardens.  Furniture is practical with desk, stool and armchair which you can move to where you wish to sit. Brilliant idea. Shower-room, TV (multi-channels), Tea/coffee tray,  proper (not fixed) hangers, soft pillows/duvet, AC controls, and well positioned lighting.

One Lounge, the café bar on the ground floor is where a self service Continental breakfast is served – cereals, apples, toast, croissants, cheese, boiled eggs, tea/coffee machine.  The intimate Bar – good selection of beers, wine, whisky and snack menu –  is dressed in a snazzy style featuring vintage crystal glass lampshades, tartan tweed stools and quirky drinks tables made from old whisky casks. Open to non-residents too, so I shall return!

Like Ryanair, Motel One offers No Frills – no telephone or Mini Bar, but what it lacks in 5 star facilities is made up for by smart design and exceptionally low room rates for the city visitor. (Summer 2014 – £ 69 single/£84 double).  There are 208 bedrooms within this tall, turreted Old Town building, of all shapes, sizes and views, including a spacious Accessible room with Wet Room, alarm cord.

City life and Eating Out?  Restaurants, pubs, prime heritage sites from the Castle to Palace, art galleries, shopping and night clubs are all to be found nearby.

Just open for 6 months, Motel-One Edinburgh Royal has already proved to be an innovative, trendy, affordable concept for international leisure and business visitors.  A second Motel One will open here on Princes Street later in 2013.  Future hotel plans are London in 2014, then other UK and European cities.

Browsing through guest reviews, the recurring verdict is the same: great deal, excellent location, comfort, friendly staff.  A Swiss couple wrote “  We will stay in no other Edinburgh hotel from now on. Love it!.”

Having experience an overnight stay here, Motel One Edinburgh-Royal passes the good sleep Pillow Test.  I also enjoyed a relaxing glass of wine before going out for dinner in the cosy bar, and the casual DIY breakfast was fun.  The smart, savvy world traveller should certainly plan to stay here for a budget tariff and spend the money saved on having a fabulous time around the city.   t. 0131 220 0730.   18-21 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BL

The exterior of the Motel One hotel on the corner of Market Street and Cockburn Street

The exterior of the Motel One hotel on the corner of Market Street and Cockburn Street

A smartly decorated bedroom at Motel One, Edinburgh

A smartly decorated bedroom at Motel One, Edinburgh


Tags: , ,

About vivdevlin

I am an international travel writer, specialising in luxury travel, hotels, restaurants, city guides, cruises, islands, train and literary-inspired journeys. I review dance and theatre, Arts Festivals and love the visual arts. I have just experienced an epic voyage, circumnavigating the globe, following in the wake of Captain Cook, Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: